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Description - The Anatomy of Nature by Rebecca Bedell

Geology was in vogue in 19th-century America. People crowded lecture halls to hear geologists speak, and parlour mineral cabinets signalled social respectability and intellectual engagement. This was also the heyday of the Hudson River School, and many prominent landscape painters avidly studied geology. Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Federic Church, John F. Kensett, William Stanely Haseltine, Thomas Moran and other artists read scientific texts, participated in geological surveys and carried rock hammers into the field to collect fossils and mineral specimens. As they crafted their paintings, these artists drew on their geological knowledge to shape new vocabularies of landscape elements resonant with moral, spiritual and intellectual ideas. This major study offers an account of the role of geology in 19th-century landscape painting. It should be of interest to art historians, Americanists, historians of science and readers interested in the American natural landscape.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691102917
ISBN-10: 0691102910
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 267mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rebecca Bedell

Rebecca Bedell is Assistant Professor in the Art Department at Wellesley College.